Police looking for witnesses to fatal crash; vigil planned for woman with 'huge heart'

West Valley police are looking for witnesses to a fatal crash that claimed the life of a local woman a week ago.

West Valley police are looking for witnesses to a fatal crash that claimed the life of a local woman a week ago. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

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WEST VALLEY CITY — Police are looking for witnesses to a crash that happened a week ago that took the life of a woman born and raised in West Valley City and was engaged to be married.

Carol Kay "Butterflii" Galentine, 26, was hit and killed Feb. 23 at the intersection of 3600 West and Parkway Boulevard (2700 South). Police believe a Toyota Tundra ran a red light and smashed into Galentine. A second car was also hit.

Jair Ivan Bautista, 28, of Kearns, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of automobile homicide, driving on a suspended license, being an alcohol-restricted driver and failing to remain at the scene of a crash involving death. Police say they found a bottle of suspected alcohol under the driver's seat in the Tundra. Witnesses told police that Bautista tried to get other drivers to give him a ride away from the scene after the crash and then tried walking away from police as officers attempted to question him.

Bautista then put up resistance as officers arrested him, according to charging documents. Another person, believed to be the passenger, was also detained by police.

But now there appears to be a question about which person was driving and which one was the passenger.

On Monday, Bautista was charged in 3rd District Court with assault on a police officer, a third-degree felony; failing to stop at the command of police, a class A misdemeanor; and intoxication, a class C misdemeanor. But he was not charged in connection with Galentine's death or any driving-related crime.

West Valley police on Tuesday put out a request to the public for anyone who "witnessed which person was driving" to contact them at 801-840-4000.

A "celebration of life" for Galentine is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Hilldale Park Ward, 3276 S. 2760 West, followed later that evening with a candlelight vigil for Galentine at the intersection where she was killed.

Galentine was born and raised in West Valley City and graduated from Granger High School in 2013, according to her obituary.

"When Carol was younger she was a member of the Starlight Dance Academy. She enjoyed going to girls camp, riding ATVs, boating, and enjoyed the great outdoors. Carol was very artistic, she loved arts and crafts, painting, crocheting, and loved making jewelry. She loved her dogs and all animals. Carol was a caregiver to her mother and worked as a caregiver providing care to others and enjoyed doing it. In an effort to help others she chose to be a donor at the end of her life," her obituary stated.

Galentine was engaged to be married at the time of her death. A friend of Galentine's fiancee organized a GoFundMe campaign to help raise money for Galentine's mother and girlfriend, Andrea Olsen.

"Alex (my boyfriend/Andrea's brother) and I spent the morning working with her the day she passed away. After spending seven hours laughing and talking to someone, the last thing you expect is a phone call telling you that person is gone. My heart breaks. It breaks for Carol. It breaks for Andrea. It breaks their friends and family," Zara Pearson Adcox, who set up the online fundraising page, wrote.

"Carol was a wonderful human with a huge heart. She was always bringing people together. Always helping someone. Always single-handedly creating an environment where everyone felt heard, known and loved. She was one of a kind, and the universe has done the world a great disservice in taking her."

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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